Officers, trustees elected to SNPA Foundation Board of Trustees 9/10/17

Trustees of the SNPA Foundation board elected officers Sunday morning, Sept. 10, to serve during the 2017-18 year.

The SNPA Board of Directors also elected three new trustees for the SNPA Foundation at the same meeting. MORE

Texas court kills Obama DOL overtime rule 9/4/17

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

On Aug. 31, U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant granted the motion for summary judgment of various business groups and state attorneys general in the overtime rule case.

Previously, on Nov. 22, 2016, Judge Mazzant issued a nationwide injunction, preventing the implementation of the rule, pending a decision on the merits of the case. The injunction case is before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. It has been fully briefed and is currently scheduled for oral argument before the court on Oct. 3.

There is much speculation that oral argument may not occur, and the DOL may withdraw the appeal, given the Aug. 31 decision of Judge Mazzant granting the motion for summary judgment, which ruled that the final rule was unlawful.


Nominees announced for SNPA Foundation Board of Trustees 8/29/17

The SNPA Board of Directors will elect three trustees for the SNPA Foundation at its meeting in Colorado Springs on Sunday, Sept. 10.

The trustees, in turn, will elect their officers – also that same morning.

Read this article to see who has been nominated as new trustees. MORE

Les Simpson nominated as president of SNPA for 2017-18 8/29/17

Lester T. Simpson, publisher of the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News, will be nominated during the SNPA-Inland Annual Meeting to be the next president of SNPA.

SNPA members will elect officers for 2017-18 on Monday afternoon, Sept. 11, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Read this article to see who has been nominated to the SNPA Board of Directors.


Court of Appeals reverses NLRB on handbook policies 8/15/17

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

In recent years, the National Labor Relations Board has relentlessly attacked common sense policies found in many employee handbooks. I have been hoping that the U.S. Court of Appeals would correct these egregious decisions. I am delighted to report that, on July 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit issued an opinion in a case involving T-Mobile that did just that.


Do you have a Sales Rep Evaluation Form that you can share? 8/15/17

An SNPA member is seeking an advertising sales rep evaluation form. Do you have one that you can share?


Latest updates on N.C. legislative presumption 8/8/17

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

As previously reported, North Carolina newspapers have been fighting to maintain the tremendous advantage they have enjoyed in Workers' Compensation legislation for the last 20 years, in the form of a legislative presumption of independent contractor status for newspaper carriers.

At the very end of the legislative session on June 28, a modified version of H.B. 205 passed in both Houses. This bill would have removed the legislative presumption. Fortunately, on July 17, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the new legislation.


Meet the NEX GEN class of 2017-18 8/8/17

Read bios of 2017-18 NEX GEN participants.


Don't think any praise is good praise 8/7/17

By Jules Ciotta

Many managers think that handing out praise indiscriminately is better than not praising at all.

They are wrong. If you hand out praise the wrong way, at the wrong time, or for the wrong reasons, it can do more harm than good. Here are some guidelines to follow when using praise to motivate employees:


U.S. Department of Labor overtime rule update 8/1/17

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

The DOL is inviting comments on the 2016 revisions to white collar exemption regulations. Here are specific questions that will be addressed.